Graduate Application

Applying to the MSc program in Biology


New students start the MSc program the fall semester of each academic year. Application materials are due by December 15th each year.

Applicants are evaluated based on their past achievements and statement of interests and future goals. An applicant will only be accepted into the program if a faculty member agrees to serve as the Faculty Advisor during the application review process. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the research interests of Biology faculty and contact potential research advisors before beginning the application process.



Requirements for regular admission

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited College or University
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Completion of at least 20 hours of coursework in Biology or a closely related discipline
    • Applicants not meeting this requirement may alternatively demonstrate proficiency in Biology by scoring >49th percentile on GRE Biology Subject Test
  • The GRE General Test and GRE Biology Subject Test are not required, but applicants may submit scores if they feel it strengthens their application
  • All applicants whose native language is not English must meet a minimum standard of English proficiency. It is expected that students understand to read, write and communicate effectively in English to be successful in the Graduate Biology Program
    • Applicants will be considered to have the required English language proficiency if they meet one of the following criteria:
      • Hold a post-secondary degree from a U.S. accredited institution or in a program where English is the language of instruction
      • Test of English Foreign Language (TOEFL) score that meets the minimum requirement of 85
      • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score that meets the minimum requirement of 6.5
      • Successful Completion of an UCCS approved English language training program

Provisional admission

  • Under certain circumstances, applicants not meeting the criteria for admission as a regular degree student may be recommended by the faculty for admission as a 'provisional admission' student.  The department may assign course work and/or examinations that must be taken to make up deficiencies.  When the conditions for regular status are met, the Program Advisor will reclassify the student to regular status.

Transfer credits

  • University of Colorado System: Up to 12 credit hours of appropriate upper-level course work with a grade of B or better that are not counted toward a degree and earned at any CU campus may be requested for transfer into the MSc program. Double counting of undergraduate and graduate courses is not allowed. These credit hours are computed into the students' graduate GPA but the undergraduate transcripts remain unchanged (i.e., there is no physical movement of courses on the transcripts).
  • Outside Institutions: Up to 9 credit hours of appropriate upper-level course work with a grade of B or better that are not counted toward a degree and completed at an institution other than the University of Colorado may be requested for transfer into the MSc program. These credit hours are not computed into the students’ graduate GPA.


Required application materials

  • All applications should be submitted using the online graduate application:
  • The application requires:
    • Resume or curriculum vitae
    • One copy of official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended.
    • Three letters of recommendation. The names of those recommending the applicant are included in the online application.  Once the application has been submitted, they will be contacted by UCCS for their recommendation letter.
    • Statement of past accomplishments and goals